Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Curriculum Vitae

Apart from a good education and a strong work ethic, the process of securing employment often begins with a well-written, well-organized resume. Yet even the most accomplished writers struggle to develop a document that rightly describes their education and experience in a way that compels potential employers to invite them for an interview.

Ronnie and I worked to develop his curriculum vitae (CV)—a more commonly used term in Uganda than the term resume—in preparation for the job hunting we’ll do together. We worked at drawing out the descriptive language needed to help employers really understand the scope of his past responsibilities. Given that Ronnie is at that age where he’s not had lots of work experience yet, and that he’s not had a university education yet, he’s had a difficult time securing employment.

Thanks to a generous donor we printed 10 copies of Ronnie’s two-page CV right at home without having to pay the 2,000 UGX for a taxi to an internet cafĂ©, 5,000 UGX for internet use, and 20,000 UGX for printing (about $13 USD—a generous day’s wages in Uganda—and an hour of our time).